Sebastian Thrun

  • Udacity, Inc. and Stanford University

Sebastian Thrun is co-founder and CEO of Udacity. From 2007 to 2011, he was a full professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Sebastian is also a Google vice president and fellow, and founded Google X, home to projects like the Google driverless car system and Google Glass. He works to revolutionize all of transportation, education, and mobile devices. Sebastian gave up tenure at Stanford in Spring 2011 to join Google as a Google Fellow; he remains a research professor at Stanford. In early 2012, Sebastian co-founded Udacity, an online private educational organization, with David Stavens and Mike Sokolsky. He has published 11 books and more than 370 scientific papers, and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. In 2011, Fast Company named Sebastian the fifth most creative person in business, and in 2012, Foreign Policy ranked him no. 4 on its Global Thinkers list. Also in 2012, he was named a Top 100 Scientist on Twitter, and received a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award. Sebastian earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Bonn.